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Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

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Lynn P. Harrison III

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Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

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Restructuring and Insolvency


Mr. Harrison is chair of Curtis’ Restructuring and Insolvency group. He has extensive experience in insolvency-related matters, including workouts, reorganizations, and liquidations on behalf of debtors, creditors and trustees. Clients include foreign and domestic, public and private corporations, financial institutions, underwriters, and governmental creditors, in chapter 11 reorganizations, chapter 15 ancillary proceedings, structured financings, distressed trades, asset and stock sales, and acquisitions. Mr. Harrison led the insolvency aspects of the Firm’s representation of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., and its affiliates, the largest and most complex chapter 11 case ever filed. He has also served as trustee in numerous insolvency cases.

Highlights of Mr. Harrison's practice include his key role in the Firm’s representation of a Mexican government development bank, in connection with the insolvency proceedings of Abengoa S.A., the largest energy company in Spain. Mr. Harrison also represents the Insolvency Administrator of a German consumer products producer in regard to the Administrator's chapter 15 cases in the U.S. Past representations include the Italian Extraordinary Administrator of Parmalat S.p.A., a multinational dairy and food conglomerate, in restructuring several of the company’s subsidiaries in the United States and Latin America. Mr. Harrison also counseled the foreign representative of Gruppo Covarra S.A. de C.V., the first successful ancillary proceeding initiated by a “sindico” (a Mexican liquidator) in the United States since the enactment of Mexico's insolvency law, the Ley de Concurso Mercantiles.

Mr. Harrison is a frequent lecturer and writer on international and domestic insolvency issues. He has spoken throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. Mr. Harrison has been a featured commentator for Forbes Magazine in the United States and Phoenix TV InfoNews Channel in China, and has been quoted by leading industry publications, including the Wall Street Journal.

Legal 500 USA has for many years recognized Mr. Harrison for his role in Curtis’ Restructuring and Insolvency practice. In 2014, the guide noted he “combines keen intelligence and high technical knowledge with warm client-handling skills.” In Legal 500’s most recent 2017 edition, Mr. Harrison was praised by clients as “a very safe pair of hands and a supportive, proactive member of the multi-jurisdictional team.” He has also been cited by Chambers USA for his work in the Lehman chapter 11 proceedings.


International Insolvency Institute; World Bank Group Insolvency and Creditor/Debtor Regimes Task Force; Inter-Pacific Bar Association: Insolvency Committee Vice Chair, Co-Representative of IPBA to UNCITRAL Spring Sessions of Working Group V at the United Nations; INSOL International: Educational Co-Chair of the 2018 Americas Regional Conference, Editorial Board Member of INSOL World (2007-2009); American Bankruptcy Institute; New York State Bar Association


New York University School of Law, J.D., Thomas J. Watson Fellow, Paris, France; Morehouse College, B.A., Merrill Scholar, Institute of European Studies, Paris, France

United States: Finance

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

Within: Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP has 'strong all-round bankruptcy capabilities' and a leading international insolvency practice that spans issues in Mexico, Canada and Europe. The New York-based team also specializes in Chapter 11 litigation, particularly for indenture trustees and multinational corporations. 'Hardworking star individual' Lynn Harrison III leads the 'diligent and responsive' practice, which includes recently promoted partner James Drew. The team is acting as conflicts counsel to the Lehman reorganized debtors in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, handling all bankruptcy, corporate and litigation-related matters where the debtors' lead bankruptcy counsel has an actual or perceived conflict of interest. In 2018, the department achieved a $1.74bn recovery to the Lehman estate upon a settlement with Citibank. In another highlight, the group is representing Connecticut brokerage CRT Capital Group in connection with the Chapter 15 proceedings of Luxembourg-based SLS Capital and various related litigation. In July 2018, the practice filed a motion seeking details of all proceeds SLS’s foreign representative Yann Baden had obtained in the US, discovering that he collected nearly $20m and had distributed it without the permission of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. In August 2018, Judge Shelly Chapman held that Baden had violated the US Bankruptcy Code and ordered him to return almost $3m of funds. Steven Reisman, Theresa Foudy, Cindi Giglio and Shaya Rochester left the firm for Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in March 2018.

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